The revitalised Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park at the Phuthaditjhaba Multi-Purpose Centre in Qwaqwa was launched on Tuesday, 30 October by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe.
The industrial park has been revitalised to the value of R50 million by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) under its Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme. The upgrade included upgrading of the security infrastructure including fencing, street lighting, installation of boom gates, pedestrian gates, installation of CCTV cameras and control room, as well as the refurbishment of high mast lights.
Magwanishe said the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park which is part of Department of Trade and Industry (dti) led Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme (IPRP) is intended to respond unemployment in the province and should also be explored to benefit not just the province, but the entire country. He added the province is strategic in many respects, most important being that it connects to six provinces and is the neighbour to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
“For this year, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies announced that R216 million has been set aside for the revitalisation of industrial parks. Phuthaditjhaba is one of the five industrial parks that stand to benefit, as we will be proceeding with the other phases of revitalisation. Today we recognise the completion of the first face of the programme in this industrial park, which was realised through an allocation of R50 million. This launch follows the completion of the first phase of the Botshabelo Industrial Park also here in the Free State,” said Magwanishe.
Magwanishe urged the Free State Development Corporation to woo other Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises to consider locating into the park, with the aim that this will drastically reduce unemployment which is very high in this area.
The event was a collaboration amongst the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA), Free State Development Corporation (FDC), as well as the Thabo Mofutsanyane District and Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipalities.
Magwanishe concluded by stating that it is important for these parks to be properly maintained, for them to be able to sustain and increase the occupancy rate of a business friendly environment.